WHAT EVERYONE MUST KNOW ABOUT THE TYPES OF SEAM?
Let’s rephrase the title and ask the right question, “What do you know about seam?” You have clicked the title, meaning that you either know something or are waiting to learn, which is why we have gathered basic information about the seam that you must be aware of. Let’s start with answering the question raised.
The term the seam refers to the line of stitching where the two pieces of the fabric are stitched or pieced together. Mostly, it is done by making the use of thread to stitch by hand or machine or seldom glue and adhesives are used for the purpose too. It is not necessary for a seam to be always closed; the seam allowance, which refers to the space between the edge of the fabric and the seam line, can also be visible, called an open seam.
However, for a garment to look explicit, it is important that the seam must be carefully taken care of, complimenting the type of garment and the fabric it is made of, since the side seam of jeans will only be sewn with a flat felled seam and no other for the right look. There exist not just one or two but multiple types of seams, ranging from plain, reinforced, hairline, and french, to flat fell, corded or piped seam, faced, hemmed, serged, slot, etc. The list indeed is endless, but this blog is not about the types; instead, what must be known about these types.
It indeed is a million-dollar question, yet the answer is simple. Seams are an important element for the creation of an item; they are used for hems or finishing the edges and necklines, or adding shape to the hips, bustlines, and waists through dart-like elements. Moreover, it aids in the prevention of the fraying of raw edges, add ups to the life of the item, and gives a professional look to your work. There are two elements that you must wrap your head around if you have to work with a seam that can make your life easy.
One aspect of dealing with seams is having a grip on how to use a seam ripper because a slipup is another existing part of the process. It is recommended to practice what we do at Loomes of trying the pattern of the seam at a small chunk to see if it is giving the required effect. If not, then make sure you know how to use a seam ripper because you would need the learning.
Getting your seam right is a matter of technical expertise and years of learning; therefore, you might not be able to get it right with the usage of thread or machine. However, fret not; you can always make the use of a seam sealer to make the task easier by covering and sealing areas where you may have overlapped the joints. Add strength and prevent water penetration or humidity from rotting the items; it is a blessing when you are working with raincoats, jackets, or such clothing articles.
If the concept of seams and fabrics still seems unfamiliar to you, Loomes is always available to help you out with the products you wish to manufacture.